". . . beautiful, high tenor voice, excellent guitar playing, and spirited, uplifting songs. His music is open-hearted, unpretentious, grounded in the personal, yet always accessible and universal."--Sing Out! Magazine
"John's plays and sings so well you almost don't notice how good his songs are. It's all there, and he's this nice regular guy you want to hang out with. Watch out, his music will sneak up on you."--Singer/Songwriter, Tim O’Brien
"I feel like every time one of Johnsmith's songs gets heard a little healing happens to the world."--Singer/Songwriter, Buddy Mondlock
"John Smith's songs always move me. They make me laugh, cry, dance or just sing along. He is one of the most consistent writers of quality songs that I've ever met."--Lydia Hutchinson, Editor, Performing Songwriter Magazine
"When I first heard John Smith my attention was captured by his sweet, earthy voice and fine craftsmanship, but what drew me in was his heart. It's clear that he's lived the pain in his songs and that his optimism is hope born of wisdom. That's a rare thing and a gift to all who hear him."--Singer/Songwriter, Tom Kimmel
We welcome Johnsmith, who closed out our first season in 2012, back to Arhaven House Concerts. He is a gifted singer/songwriter, performer and roving troubadour whose work possesses a genius that cannot be denied or overlooked. There is a joy in his songs that comes from the fact that John is sincerely in love with life and with his craft. He strives to be a poet, a storyteller, and an entertaining teacher. And he manages to do it all well. John’s music takes the listener deep into the heart of each subject that moves him as an artist. His bell-like Irish tenor voice suits his songs beautifully and his guitar style moves with equal expertise between soft finger-style picking and strong rhythmic accompaniment. John has won songwriting awards at Kerrville, Telluride, Rocky Mountain Folks, and Falcon Ridge folk festivals. He has released seven CDs each of which showcases his unique vision as a wordsmith and his undeniable talent as a musician.